At Lake Bonney in South Australia today rough water again prevented Donald Campbell from testing his hydroplane Bluebird over a new, longer course.
At Lake Bonney in South Australia today rough water again prevented Donald Campbell from testing his hydroplane Bluebird over a new, longer course. The waves today had abated to about nine inches, but this was still too much for Bluebird to be able to make a run at speed. The waves on the Lake yesterday were up to 20 inches high as northerly winds whipped across the water. A planned trial run in the afternoon was cancelled. At the speeds at which Bluebird travels, the waves could cause a serious crash. Members of the world water speed record project team at the Lake, including Leo Villa, the chief mechanic, decided against a run.
After Campbell reached 210 mph on Saturday, a new longer course was marked out. To keep the marking buoys in position, heavy chains were run from the buoys to the Lake shore.
The new course will give Bluebird an extra half mile to slow down after going through the measured kilometre. The present world water speed record is 260 point three mph., set by Campbell at Lake Coniston. The enforced respite for the project team at LakeBonney has given them time to polish the Bluebird.